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After recovering from his calf injury, Ross Taylor returns to lead New Zealand against South Africa.

[caption id="attachment_262" align="alignright" width="200"]Ross Taylor suffered from calf injury during the series against Zimbabwe (Photo: Getty Images) Ross Taylor suffered from calf injury during the series against Zimbabwe (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

Taylor missed out from one-day and Twenty20 contests against Zimbabwe and has not been able to represent his side in limited overs cricket during the ongoing tour of South Africa. He is expected to take over captaincy from Brendan Maccullum who has been leading the side.

New Zealand has lost first of the three ODIs with two more to be followed by the Test series to begin from 7th March in Dunedin.  According to Dean Close they are pleased with the progress in Taylor’s recovery and he is expected to be fit for the match before the Test series.

Since taking over the leadership, Taylor has been the leading run scorer of his team and his entry would be an encouraging factor for the host side in the test series against SA. This good news has
come along with a bad news for New Zealand as their second best batsman Dean Brownlie would not be available before the test series. Brownlie hurt his finger while playing the second ODI against Zimbabwe.

Currently ranked at No. 2 in Test rankings, South Africa need to beat New Zealand in both the Test matches to attain the top spot, presently held by England. England lost badly by a margin of 0-3 in their recent Test series against Pakistan paving way for South Africa to gain that position. Let’s see if it is a piece of cake for South Africa or a hard row to hoe.
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